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Do UK women feel in control of their health?

Claire Davies

Former editor and head of content

Health 03.11.2015 / 17:20

Global women

Infographic comparing women’s health around the world

The UK and US lead the world in the percentage of women who say they know what they need to do to be healthy (90% in both countries), but when it comes to their own health and wellbeing, UK women feel they have less influence (63%) than their American counterparts (74%).

Kantar Health have produced an infographic as part of their ongoing research into women as healthcare decision-makers. It looks at how women across the UK, US, Brazil, Germany and Japan feel about health and what they do to keep healthy.

When asked, what does health mean to you? British women are most likely to say being physically fit (65%), followed by being free of illness today (63%) and then being happy (57%) and eating nutritionally balanced meals (57%). Women in the UK are much less likely to worry about having the financial resources to stay healthy (26% v five-country average of 35%), probably as a result of our free National Health Service. Having a good sex life also ranks lower than the five-country average (14% v 24%), as does having job satisfaction (13% v 22%).

Drilling down into sources of healthcare information, UK women are most likely to trust in their primary care provider as a source of information, at 49%, close to the five-country average of 51%, but considerably less than the US average of 60%. Next most trusted by British women are healthcare websites and pharmacists: 42% of women in UK trust healthcare websites compared to 30% five-country average, while 40% trust pharmacists, far more than the average of 23%.

Click on the infographic on the right, or download the PDF below, to explore the data further.

Source : Kantar Health

Editor's Notes

The data in this story and infographic comes from the Kantar Health National Health and Wellness Survey, 2014.

Journalists, for more information or for more healthcare data or statistics, please contact us.

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